Chef Elizabeth Falkner is a world-recognized, award-winning chef and continues to be a leader and pioneer in the culinary arts.
Falkner worked her way up in food industry and then owned restaurants in San Francisco for more than 20 years before moving to New York in 2012. She and has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee (2005) and relentlessly continues to cook for many charity events and food and wine festivals all over the world.
Cooking competitions have been a favorite “sport” for Chef Falkner, and she has competed in multiple culinary competitions including Food Network’s Next Iron Chef, Redemption, Iron Chef America, and Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs, in which she was a finalist and runner-up. She has been a three-time competitor on Food Network Challenge, as well as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. In addition to competing, Falkner also has acted as a judge on several episodes of the Top Chef series on Bravo as well as on the Cooking Channel and Food Network, Canada.
She is an advocate for people and chefs to think more like athletes and “stay fit to cook.” After playing soccer for 28 years, she picked up sword fighting fitness and martial arts, yoga, pilates, and running distance races. She ran her first marathon, the New York Marathon, in 2016. In 2019, Falkner will participate in Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry and ride 300 miles in three days to raise money along with other chefs for hungry children across the country.
Falkner does both savory and sweet, traditional and modern and has consulted for numerous products and brands. She continues to do consulting on product and brand development and recipe development. For a list of projects or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also a brand ambassador for Emmi cheese and is on the celebrity chef council for Compass Group.
Her first cookbook, Demolition Desserts (2007) was a finalist for IACP’s Julia Child Best First Cookbook award in 2008. Cooking off the Clock, her second book, was released August 2012. Both were published by Ten Speed Press.
She is a longtime member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and served on the board of directors as the president from April 2014 to April 2015 in addition to programming and producing the most highly attended annual conference and Women Who Inspire awards and gala in New York City in April 2015. She was voted back on to the board in 2018 and voted as the president again for 2019–2020.
Falkner graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The San Francisco Art Institute and fell in love with the food movement in California in the early ’90s. She has spoken at Yale University about mindful cooking and recently produced a short film called Food Games, which was shot on campus at Yale, and turns competition on its head with chefs making food focused on the future and only using sustainable ingredients. She also did a performance art piece called Croquembouche Samurai at SoHo House in New York City on May 31, 2018.